On this day hike we’re heading up the Blue Ridge Mountains near Glasgow, Virginia to see one of the most unusual rock formations in the area. Devil’s Marbleyard is a very a little known place tucked deep into Arnold’s Valley, but it’s one of the most spectacular sights you’ll see in Virginia. The trip begins with a 1.5 mile hike (moderately easy, but some steep rocky parts), and the trail leads to the base of the Marbleyard. From there, the mountain opens up into a 100 acre outcrop of granite rock, with rocks ranging in the size of “small pebbles to boulders the size of houses.” The grade is relatively steep, at some points as high as a 45 degree incline. This provides for awesome climbing and beautiful views. Climbing gear is not required.
I would really recommend looking at these websites for pictures, because the place is so hard to explain There’s nothing to compare it to!
http://www.glasgowfirstaid.org/coq/1997coty.html (I hesitated to put this link up… you’ll see what I mean. It does give a good description of what the Marbleyard involves though)
Bring a packed lunch and we can eat on top of the rocks. The end time is tentative, depending on when people want to get back to UVA. I was just throwing a time out there. Also, the number of people able to go depends on the number of drivers there are. I’m a first year, so even I’m depending on a ride unless I can get my car up here for that weekend. Sign up if you’re interested, though, and I’ll try to work out as many rides as possible
Outdoors at UVa provides:
seat in car if needed, gas money
You must bring:
Definitely bring water. Also bring a packed lunch, other snacks, and warm clothes just in case it’s cool that day. I would recommend wearing shoes that are lightweight, but still supportive, because climbing on the rocks may be hard in hiking boots.